Student recognized for leadership, volunteerism
DUBUQUE, Iowa – A junior at Loras College has earned a Newman Civic Fellow Award from Campus Compact, a Boston-based nonprofit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education. She is one of 268 students nationwide to receive the award that recognizes students who inspire their peers, campus and the community.
Reilly Kuhn, of Auburn, Illinois, has actively tackled and led efforts to promote equity and inclusion for persons with disabilities. She is also a certified nursing assistant at Stonehill Franciscan Service.
“Reilly is a champion of civic engagement at Loras, while also being a dedicated student, athlete and volunteer,” Jim Collins, president of Loras College, said. “She not only has the curiosity, intelligence and other characteristics to be a great student, medical professional and civic leader, but she brings out the best in others while always celebrating what’s good in our world.”
In 2016, Kuhn, together with the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, teamed up with the Dubuque Packers, a local Special Olympics team to encourage Loras student athletes to become more involved in the community and bring about positive social change. She has been a volunteer and mentor for the Special Olympics since 2016.
Kuhn, who studies biology research and is a member of the Loras Women’s Volleyball team, also is working to implement an American College of Sports Medicine Program “Exercise is Medicine.” The effort encourages students, faculty, and staff to be physically active, helps create wellness, and can prevent chronic diseases.
“An active campus creates a healthy community, which was my intention in bringing this program to Loras,” she said. “I enjoy contributing to the greater Dubuque area – creating a social environment that is positive, sustainable and healthy for all.”
The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate and engage with such an extraordinary group of students,” said Campus Compact president Andrew Seligsohn. “The stories of this year’s Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are bringing people together in their communities to solve pressing problems. That is what Campus Compact is about, and it’s what our country and our world desperately need.”
The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.
Kuhn will be recognized at the Loras College Student Awards Luncheon as part of the Legacy Symposium on Wednesday May 2. She will also receive recognition from Campus Compact (www.compact.org), a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to improving community life and educating students for civic and social responsibility.
She will also be honored at the Iowa Campus Compact Engaged Campus Awards event on May 9 at Coe College.
ABOUT LORAS COLLEGE
Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.